Rajat Patidar and Dewald Brevis, the standout as we look at the pre-tournament best uncapped players 11 for IPL 2023.
Since the inception of the Indian Premier League in 2008, if there is one category of players that has defined what the tournament actually means, it is the uncapped players. The 16 years of IPL have seen countless uncapped players making a mark in IPL before making big at the International level.
Interestingly, COVID changed the dynamics of Indian cricket a bit by giving a lot of opportunities to Indian players. So much so that at one time, India were playing two parallel International series. Even then, 2023 will be another year where we are going to witness innumerable uncapped players trying to make a mark in the tournament.
So, as we head into the tournament, wouldn’t it be interesting to find out the most exciting uncapped players this year? Well, let’s analyze the players, and find out the 11 best uncapped players for IPL 2023. Before that, let’s find out the methodology that would help us arrive at these players. Please note, there are some players who have played only a few matches for India, but are counted as capped players.
A team of 11 uncapped players is selected by focusing on 2 best openers, 3-4 strong middle-order players, 2-3 all-rounders, and 3-4 pure bowlers. Moreover, players are selected basis their performance rating ahead of IPL 2023. The performance rating is derived basis their performance in the last 3 years in IPL and Domestic performance.
#1: Abhishek Sharma [SRH]
SRH’s key opener and one of the most consistent all-rounders in the domestic circuit, Abhishek Sharma will be one of the three uncapped all-rounder to watch out for. Abhishek made his IPL debut in 2018, but it was in 2022 that he made a mark scoring more than 400 runs. With him expected to open regularly for SRH, hoping for another blockbuster year from Abhishek.
#2: Yashashi Jaiswal [RR]
If there’s one youngster who is making a huge impact in all forms of Domestic cricket, it is Yashasvi Jaiswal. Be it Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare, or SMAT, Yashasvi Jaiswal has done quite well given his age. In IPL, he has scored around 250 runs in the last two seasons. But with 2023, Yashasvi would be hoping for a breakthrough season by scoring 400+ runs.
#3: Rajat Patidar [RCB]
Rajat Patidar came in as a replacement for Luvnith Sisodiya in 2022, but bouy did he not grab the opportunity with both hands? He score a stunning 333 runs in IPL 2022, and followed that with a fantastic domestic season. His superb performance earned him a place in the Indian squad, although he didn’t debut. Even as Rajat is currently injured, he would be hoping to give his best whenever he returns.
#4: Dewald Brevis [MI]
The only foreign player in the team, Dewald Brevis will be one of the most exciting players to watch out for. He had a decent debut season in 2022 where he managed to score 161 runs from 7 innings at a strike rate of 142.5. With MI not so strong this year, expect Brevis to play an important role, and move closer to a national debut.
#5: Sarfaraz Khan [DC]
An injury to Rishabh Pant could be a blessing in disguise for Sarfaraz Khan. A part-time wicket-keeper that he is, Sarfaraz would want to grab this opportunity with both hands. Sarfaraz is already the second-most experienced uncapped player in IPL having debuted in 2015. It’s unfortunate he hasn’t made it big in IPL yet, but 2023 could be the breakthrough year for him.
#6: Jitesh Sharma [WK] [PBKS]
The wicket-keeper to watch out for, Jitesh Sharma’s superb hitting abilities got noticed in 2022 via IPL and some impressive performances in SMAT. Such was his performance that he was also called in the Indian team as a backup for Sanju Samson. Even though Jitesh didn’t make his debut, he would be under the radar of the selectors for his performance in IPL 2023.
#7: Riyan Parag [RR]
Having made his IPL debut in 2019, Riyan Parag hasn’t quite made a mark in the Indian Premier League. Even though Riyan played 17 matches in 2022, he could only manage 182 runs. However, he has got the hitting range that is needed as a finisher. Hopefully, we see a better version of Riyan in 2023.
#8: Rahul Tewatia [GT]
Probably the most experienced uncapped player currently in IPL, Rahul Tewatia debuted in 2014, but has still not gotten recognition in IPL or in the Domestic circuit. However, 2022 was Tewatia making a mark by finishing a few matches for GT. GT would be banking on Tewatia once again, and hopefully, Tewatia lives up to the expectation this time that should earn him a national call-up.
#9: R. Sai Kishore [GT]
For some time now, R. Sai Kishore has been a key performer for Tamil Nadu in the Domestic circuit. After being with CSK for a few years, R. Sai Kishroe finally made his IPL debut with Gujarat Titans. He did decent with 6 wickets from 7 games. However, the Ahmedabad pitch would need more of Sai Kishore, and with Rashid Khan in the side, it would be interesting to see how he performs.
#10: Mohsin Khan [LSG]
Coming to the top two uncapped pacers, we have the tall left-arm pacer from Lucknow Super Giants, Mohsin Khan. Mohsin had a fantastic 2022 where he managed to pick up 14 wickets from just 9 matches. Even as Mohsin missed the majority of 2022 due to injury, and is also currently recovering, he would be the pacer to watch out for.
#11: Mukesh Chowdhary [CSK]
There is news that Mukesh Chowdhary, who had a fantastic IPL debut in 2022 is going to miss the tournament. While nothing is official as yet, we hope Mukesh isn’t ruled out, and is available for most of IPL 2023. The Indian team needs left-arm pacers, and Mukesh is the bright spot coming to those prospects.
IPL 2023 – The Pre-tournament Best Uncapped Players 11:
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Abhishek Sharma, Rajat Patidar, Dewald Brevis, Sarfaraz Khan, Jitesh Sharma, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, R. Sai Kishore, Mohsin Khan & Mukesh Chowdhary
So, that’s about the best uncapped players 11 for IPL 2023. Tons of uncapped players waiting to make a mark in IPL 2023, and with the Impact player rule, we should see more such uncapped players getting an opportunity. Moreover, apart from the ones mentioned above, there are some other good uncapped players like Donavan Ferreria, Duan Jansen, Abdul Samad, Yash Dayal, Harpreet Brar, Yash Dhull, etc.
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